Online Filing Cabinet

I’m going to use this page to start saving links that I want to come back to so that they’re organized all in one place.

Link Purpose
Getting Math Students to Think for Themselves  
Text Messaging Rates Something that got me thinking about text messaging rates…
The typical US worker can no longer afford a family on a year’s salary Statistics
16% of US beer drinkers confused as to whether Corona beer connected to coronavirus, survey says Use in a statistics class
The Slopes of Motion Graphs Higher Order Derivatives; velocity and acceleration
The new burger chef makes $3 an hour and never goes home Arithmetic, basic math
Here’s What Happens When an Algorithm Determines Your Work Schedule Algorithms
South Korea And Italy See Spike In Coronavirus Cases Statistics
Before we settle Mars, scientists must perfect growing space salad Space
Why preschoolers should be thinking about math Math for ET
Teaching About Coronavirus: 3 Lesson Plans for Science, Math, and Media Literacy  
Gender Social Norms Index Statistics
10 Nonfiction Children’s Books That Humanize Mathematics Math for ET
Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help? Statistics
Interactive STEM activities,free for your classroom  Interactive Whiteboard Interactive Whiteboard Interactive Whiteboard
3blue1brown video about exponential modeling with COVID-19 Exponential Modeling in Calculus
Why outbreaks like coronavirus
spread exponentially, and
how to “flatten the curve”
Exponential Growth Simulation
Open Broadcast Software video recording and live streaming
Mathematics of the Corona Outbreak  
How Contagious and Deadly is the Corona Virus? Free online quizzes
Edmodo Online Learning Platform
Myth of Learning Styles  
VassarStats Statistical Computations (Free online Excel Alternative)
Loom Create short video
Screencast-o-Matic Create short video Application of Piecewise Functions Interactive Whiteboard Interactive Classroom Platform Free Math Posters and Korean language
Wolfram Alpha Lesson Plans Use for IBL
Math League Possible Challenge Problems
Synchronous Online Resources Google Doc of Ideas
13 Abbreviations and Where They Came From Includes No, lbs, oz (could use when introducing measurements in pre-algebra)
Online Tech Tools for Educators Google Sheet of resources
LiveBoard Online Whiteboard
Humanizing Online Meetings Google Doc of ideas

Statistics and Data Science Blogs

Memorial Day Statistics


What Causes Phantom Traffic Jams?

Explains what goes into the calculation of the critical density that causes phantom traffic jams and how autonomous cars – just 1 for every 20 human drivers – could help stop these!
Community Motivation  
Web Accessible TI-84 Emulator Click “Grades 8 and 11 graphing calculators” => “Start” => “Start” => click the calculator icon at the top of the page
HOT TAKEDOWN Sports Statistics
List of Computer Algebra Systems  
Maxima Online Free web-based computer algebra systems
Maple Student Apps Free online apps for computer algebra
African-American Statisticians Serve as Models for Helping Others  
Celebrating Black History Month  
Meaningful Mathematics: A Social-Justice-Themed-Introductory Statistics Course article
Mathematics for Social Justice: Resources for the College Classroom book
How Much Do Minority Lives Matter? article
Using Flint, Michigan, lead data in introductory statistics article
Critical Values and Transforming Data: Teaching Statistics with Social Justice article
6 Simple Tips to Study Effectively student success; maybe use pre-semester
Journal of Mathematics and Culture  
Which Voting System is the Best? TED-Ed Video
Online Scientific Calculator  
Online Scientific Calculator  
Online Scientific Calculator  
Mapping Police Violence Statistics
Pacific Science Center Uncovering Reality Virtual Exhibit Statistics
Michigan MAA Statement on Black Lives  
Summer Solstice Activities   
Distance Learning Research Report Statistics
Desmos Educators Peer Group  Desmos Resources Desmos Resources  
Coronavirus Data organized by state and percentages  
6 Tips for Mentoring New Teachers During Distance Learning article
Stop Calculating And Start Teaching Computational Thinking article
Simpson’s Paradox Example Statistics
11 Teacher-Recommended Math Apps and Online Tools  
Standard Statistics – Professor Guillermo Alvarez’a approach to Statistics and Education Statistics Data Science (see description): Data (see description):
America Has Two Feet. It’s About to Lose One of Them. Measurement
New Zoom features look to help teachers manage virtual classrooms Online Teaching
Math Video Series for the Deaf All lessons are fully captioned, signed in ASL, and voiced.
Teaching Strategies for Fall 2020 Course Modalities  
Pear Deck Tool for interactive Google Slides
Quizizz Kahoot Alternative
Creating a Card Sort Desmos Activity  
Math Equity Resources  
4 from-home STEM lessons in nature

Smart Upscaler can upscale images up to 3000x3000px. It uses artificial intelligence to predict a high-resolution image given a low-resolution image. It is free to use for the first three images. API integration is available for large batches of photos.

Tips for Running a Virtual Meeting

What to do when someone dominates a virtual meeting
When someone starts to dominate a virtual meeting, acknowledge their concerns and redirect them back to the discussion, writes Kevin Eikenberry. Remember that these are behaviors rather than personality traits, so if someone is taking over, you want to redirect them rather than assume the worst of them, Eikenberry writes.

How to Make a YouTube Video in Camtasia


Pride in STEM

November 18 is LGBTQ+ STEM Day, a date picked to honor “the 60th anniversary of American Astronomer and gay activist Frank Kameny’s US Supreme Court fight against workplace discrimination.” Pride in STEM, a group of “LGBT+ scientists and engineers from around the world,” who “aim to showcase and support all LGBT+ people in STEM fields,” is one of many groups promoting this event. Under the group’s LGBTQ+ STEM Day tab, readers will find a map pinpointing celebratory events worldwide. The rest of the site has resources to uplift LGBTQ+ scientists every day of the year. For example, the Resources page includes relevant educational resources, new articles, and reports, and the Events page tracks programs of interest. On the Out Thinkers page, readers will find a virtual STEM showcase sharing “research and experiences as LGBT+ individuals in academia and industry.” For additional resources, readers may want to explore the Other Organisations page (which links to groups with aligned missions).

Florida Center for Instructional Technology



“Science is for everyone.” This is the guiding principle of We Rep STEM, a platform “celebrat[ing] STEM minorities, [including] people of colour, professionals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, Indigenous researchers, women of all races, [and] scientists in niche areas of expertise.” The site is a useful resource for teachers, as it offers information on inclusivity in STEM fields, highlights upcoming events and programs, profiles diverse STEM superstars, and discusses relevant health topics such as youth wellbeing. Scrolling down the home page, readers will find stories grouped in various categories, such as Most Read, Latest, and At Work. The Glossary tab at the top of the page may also be worth scrolling through, as it defines several words and acronyms frequently referenced on the site (for example, “code-switching” and “SciComm”). Readers can also find the platform on Instagram (@werepstem), Twitter (@WeRepSTEM), and YouTube (We Rep STEM). [EMB]


K-12 educators may enjoy Siemens STEM Day, a program providing resources to energize the future of the STEM field. Readers should not be fooled by the name; the wealth of activities can also be formatted into a curriculum that stretches beyond one day. Educators will want to begin with the Train the Trainer Toolkit. The five-minute video and three-page handout introduce users to the program and provide tips on how to best implement it in classrooms. Next, explore the various offerings under the Educators tab, where resources are divided into three pages: Career Profiles (short videos profiling various Siemens employees and their work), Activities (sortable by category, career path, and grade), and Educator Support (downloadable “five-minute refreshers” on various science topics). This program is supported by the Siemens Foundation, which seeks to “clos[e] the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers,” as well as Discovery Education. [EMB]

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program “brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics.” This collection of classroom history and social studies activities features well-developed activity plans for K-12 students, each focused on a specific topic. The home page highlights some 2020 Resources, “activities designed specifically to spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children.” Additionally, activities are broadly grouped into grade-level appropriate subjects: elementary grades (e.g. “Jamestown – Factors Affecting Population Change, 1630-1700”), middle school (e.g. “Where Should I Live? Using U.S. Census Bureau Data to Make Decisions”), and high school (e.g. “19th Century Immigration – Causes & Effects”). The webpage for each activity gives a description, states the time and materials required, and provides a list of learning objectives. Some activities also take advantage of the Census Bureau’s interactive digital tools, such as QuickFacts. Each lesson includes attractively designed and downloadable PDFs of teacher and student versions of the activity. [JDC] [EMB]
10 Favorite Online Teaching Tools Used by Educators This Year  
Baamboozle Baamboozle is another free online game site.  Its main advantage is that it’s set up so that students can play online in teams, but they don’t have to go into different breakout rooms.  In other words, students can select a question to answer and talk among themselves in front of others to determine the correct answer (other students are waiting for their turn to choose another question).  If that explanation is a bit confusing, it will be very clear once you go to the site itself.

Wordwall, just like Kahoot, is loaded with content, which can be used anytime by the teacher and the students. I like using both platforms during live sessions with the students. They can also be used as reinforcement activities or homework. English-language learners (ELLs) can benefit from interactive activities within Wordwall. My ESL students always enjoy the Random Wheel game, but I believe that for teachers, the great feature of the platform is its flexibility. It allows teachers to use the same content in different ways. Teachers can click on the options, accessing different types of language games using common content. Teachers can also create their own activities and share with the students. As practical tools for remote language teaching, Kahoot, Wordwall, and Padlet are the three resources that provide the extra material that I can apply to my lessons.
Word to HTML Online Converter  
Teacher: Tech tools that connect, engage students Technology tools can help teachers connect with and engage students during remote or hybrid instruction, writes high-school teacher Stephanie Rothstein. In this blog post, Rothstein shares her top tools, including Pear Deck and Google Slides, and Flipgrid.
Tuyetdong Phan-Yamada’s Interactive Apps  
STEAMATIX STEMATIX Magazine is published for students by students. Check them out!
Symbol Salad Use this website to copy and paste exponents, symbols. etc.
Teacher Discounts  
CalcuLaTeX (GitHub Repo) CalcuLaTeX is a pretty-printing calculator language. It outputs mathematical and scientific notation. Examples are available in the repository.
Owlcation Welcome to Owlcation! We are a site created by educators and experts on topics related to education as a place to share expertise and knowledge about all things academic. We offer articles ranging from the 10 most important moments in the French Revolution to the different species of owls in Florida. If you’re looking for information that is education or academia related, we are here for you! Resources to help students with their homework. Games for the summer holidays. Printable games for boys and girls. Reinforcement activities for children in elementary school.
How teachers, students can learn from “good” mistakes  
Japanese photographer Ryosuke Kosuge’s work shows the symmetry and patterns that converge in everyday life in East Asia as people interact with architecture, nature and craft work. The photographer, known professionally as RK, began shooting in 2013 on an iPhone.
Biographies of Women Mathematicians
England’s National Museum of Computing preserves Britain’s computing legacy and highlights monumental moments in computing history (for example, the creations of the first electronic computer and the oldest working digital computer). Largely in response to COVID closures, the museum is now going global (virtually, at least). Accessible via desktop computer, tablet, smartphone, or virtual reality headset, this virtual tour invites visitors to explore the “world’s largest collection of working historic computers,” from the comfort of their own device. Visitors will want to click the embedded video-like image at the link above to get started. This will bring up the matterport platform that houses the tour. The first thing users may notice on the platform is the box in the left-hand corner with navigation tools. Readers will want to pay particular attention to the Highlights tab, which allows users to jump to a room or section of the museum (e.g., the software gallery or the library), and Tags tab, which catalogs all of the pop-ups included throughout the virtual tour. Pop-up information is also flagged as a text script, image, or video. Viewers wishing to freely explore the virtual museum can do so by scrolling from place to place, zooming in on objects of interest, and clicking the green circles indicative of pop-up opportunities. The virtual format is supported by the MK Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. [EMB]

Sistas in STEM wants to make sure that Black women and women of color, who are too often marginalized and underrepresented within the STEM field, never feel alone. Founder Brittany A.J. Miriki works for a top tech company and launched the organization to “STEMpower” fellow Black women and women of color to achieve their own career aspirations. The collective’s work focuses on a three-part mission: educate, connect, and empower. This mission is furthered through the organization’s STEMpowered Women podcast, a show that introduces listeners to some incredible STEM leaders and demonstrates the range of doors that the STEM field can open, from patent law to dermatology. The Podcast page links to the various platforms where listeners can tune in. Readers will also find a Blog, which includes both recaps of podcast episodes and some independent content. The organization’s social media channels include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, and these accounts are linked at the bottom of the site under “Connect With Us.” In this same spot, interested readers will see an option to sign up for the Sistas in STEM mailing list. [EMB]



Middle School Lesson Plans


Artful Maths

Math is everywhere, from architecture, to decor, to other art mediums. The emergence of STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) brought some attention to the relationship between math and more “traditionally” creative disciplines. Readers looking for inspiration to further explore this connection may enjoy Artful Maths. A project of Clarissa Grandi, a math educator and STEAM enthusiast, the blog and curriculum center supplies lesson plans (with handouts and presentations) and other valuable materials, freely available under a Creative Commons license. For example, the Resources page offers decor printouts and examples to brighten up math classrooms. On the Origami page, readers will find a gallery and guide to the paper folding art practice that incorporates geometric concepts. Of course, those outside of educational settings can still try out these fun and challenging art projects. Visitors will find even more ideas on the Blog, as well as the Puzzle Games page, which maintains a running list of “creative problem-solving” apps. Readers should note that some of these external apps are free, while others require a fee to download.

STEM Everyday Podcast


Since its launch six years ago, the STEM Everydayi podcast has produced nearly 200 episodes packed full of useful resources for STEM educators. Hosted by Chris Woods, a high school math teacher, education presenter, and author, the show “provides practical help for teachers to build a STEM culture,” by highlighting knowledge from innovative members of the STEM community. Woods is driven by the principle that “STEM is everywhere,” and this comes to life on the show thanks to guests from all backgrounds. The podcast may be particularly useful for educators looking for unique ways to get “non-science” oriented students interested in the vast possibilities that STEM subjects can create. For example, guests explore the STEM principles inherent to esports (Episode 162) and makerspaces (Episode 155). As the makerspaces expert, Liz Gallo, emphasizes: “a good STEM education teacher helps connect making and doing and creating and playing to real content.” The show is also special in that it shares expertise from educators at all grade levels, from university professors to kindergarten teachers. Most episodes are approximately 30 minutes, and this brevity, combined with Woods’s conversational tone, make STEM Everyday an easy and enjoyable listen. In addition to the link above, readers can tune in on most popular podcast platforms.